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Didion, Joan
Blue nights / Joan Didion
1st ed
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2011
book jacket
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 Browsing/1st Flr  PS3554.I33 Z46 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Didion, Joan
Subject(s) Mothers and daughters
Motherhood
Parenting
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Physical Description 188 p. ; 21 cm
Summary Shares the author's frank observations about her daughter as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses her daughter's wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent
In this memoir, the author shares her observations about her daughter as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses her daughter's wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent. It opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana's childhood, in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were missed or perhaps displaced. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept

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